I Prevail at Marquee Theatre

November 17, 2017
6:00 pm
Tempe, AZ
I Prevail at Marquee Theatre
I Prevail at Marquee Theatre

Certain moments in life change everything. The trajectory splinters, and there’s no turning back. I Prevail—Brian Burkheiser [clean vocals], Eric Vanlerberghe [harsh vocals], Steve Menoian [guitar], Dylan Bowman [rhythm guitar] –explore this phenomenon within the title of their full-length debut, Lifelines [Fearless Records]. I Prevail are no strangers to this experience. After the release of the band’s 2014 debut EP, Heart vs. Mind, nothing would ever be the same. The EP sold over 100,000 copies as the Detroit band toured with the likes of Hollywood Undead and Pierce the Veil. Meanwhile, the group’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” sold 500,000 plus singles, generated over 50 million views on YouTube and 30 million-plus Spotify streams (earning them a gold plaque). The band was nominated for “Breakthrough Band” at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and garnered features from Billboard, Detroit Free Press, AXS, Loudwire, Kerrang, Alternative Press, Rock Sound and many more. Everything fell into place setting the stage perfectly for their debut full-length, Lifelines. In early 2016, the boys retreated to Wall of Sound Studios in the small and secluded town of Riley, Michigan to work with trusted producers B.J. Perry and John Pregler. With nearly two years on the road under their belt, the group had fully cemented their style, merging entrancing hooks and powerful music breakdowns. Ultimately, Lifelines sees I Prevail take the next step. Lifelines debuted at #1 on Alternative Albums, #1 on Hard Music Albums, #1 Rock Albums, #9 Top Album, and #15 on the Billboard Top 200, with Alternative Press naming Lifelines one of the Best Debut albums of 2016. The band’s singles “Stuck in Your Head,” “Scars,” and now “Alone” have all reached #1 on SiriusXM Octane Radio.

We Came as Romans hail from Troy, Michigan, an upscale Detroit suburb that gave birth to the band’s blend of post-hardcore and melodic screamo. Guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, drummer Eric Choi, guitarist Lou Cotton, and vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavoneheadlined shows in the Michigan area before graduating to the national circuit, where they opened shows for the likes of Our Last NightGwen Stacy, and the Number Twelve Looks Like YouWe Came as Romans took time off in September 2008 to record an EP, Dreams, which they released for free two months later. Over 50,000 copies were downloaded within its first week of availability, and the band used that momentum to sign a contract with Equal Vision Records in early 2009. They returned to the studio with Joey Sturgis (who had previously recorded the group’s EP) that same year to work on a full-length album, To Plant a Seed, which was released that fall. The band toured ceaselessly after being signed to Equal Vision, with multiple trips across the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as New Zealand and Australia. In 2011, the band began work on Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be, a lyrically darker affair than To Plant a Seed. Amid constant touring and Joshua Moore contracting bacterial meningitis, taking him out of commission for a short while, the band released the record in September of 2011 to positive reviews, peaking at the number 21 slot on the Billboard 200. Arriving in 2013, Tracing Back Roots offered up a cleaner, more melodic take on the genre, a musical shift that became even more pronounced on 2015’s eponymous We Came as Romans. In September 2017 the band issued the title cut from its fifth studio LP, Cold Like War, which was released later that October.

ON THEIR FOURTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM DARK MATTER [FEARLESS RECORDS], THE WORD ALIVE AMPLIFY EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR SIGNATURE SOUND. THE LYRICS ARE MORE PERSONAL. THE MELODIES ARE MORE ENGAGING. THE SONGS ARE BIGGER. PRODUCED BY FROM FIRST TO LAST GUITARIST MATT GOOD, IT’S THE APEX OF THEIR SOUND TO DATE. THE PHOENIX HEAVY ALTERNATIVE QUINTET BEGAN TRANSMITTING THEIR MESSAGE IN 2009. 2010’S FULL-LENGTH DECEIVER SOLIDIFIED THEM AS A FAN FAVORITE AS THEY TIRELESSLY TOURED ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, A DAY TO REMEMBER, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, AND MORE—IN ADDITION TO NUMEROUS STINTS ON THE VANS WARPED TOURALTERNATIVE PRESS AND REVOLVER HAVE SUNG THEIR PRAISES. MODERN DRUMMER FEATURED LUKE FOR HIS WORK IN THE BAND AND HIS MEGA-POPULAR YOUTUBE COVERS. GUITAR WORLD HAS SPOTLIGHTED THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN TONY AND ZACK AND THEIR TWIN ATTACK. 2014 SAW REAL. LAND AT #4 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP HARD ROCK ALBUMS CHART, #7 ON THE TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS CHART, AND #33 ON THE TOP 200. HOWEVER, EVERYTHING PAVED THE WAY FOR THE WORD ALIVE’S BIGGEST, BOLDEST, AND BRAVEST STATEMENT IN DARK MATTER.

When a band has had as storied and, at times, controversial a first decade in the limelight as Escape The Fate, there is often a temptation to focus on that past, rather than concentrating on the future. Yet after releasing their fifth, and arguably most significant studio album to date, the upcoming chapters of the Vegas quartet’s career not only look bright, but are set to resolutely be their best yet.

“This new album is, without any question in my mind, the best thing that has ever borne the Escape The Fate name, by a distance,” enthuses frontman Craig Mabbitt with no hint of hesitation. A remarkable statement given the last two ETF records gatecrashed the Billboard top 30.  “Sonically, we’ve always been a diverse band who have everything from ballads to really heavy songs – and our fans expect that – but I think on this album we’ve gone full force with it. The heaviest songs are the heaviest we’ve ever written, and the poppy songs are the poppiest we’ve ever done. We came to this kind of ‘who cares what people think of us’ realization this time around – we’re amplifying everything that we love about this band in all directions and it has been incredibly liberating.”

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